Poor or insufficient food and fluid intake in the elderly and infirm inevitably leads to a malnourished body.
Malnutrition is associated with a cascade of adverse outcomes, including increased risk of falls, pressure injuries and hospital admissions, leading to poorer quality of life and increased healthcare costs.
With up to 30 per cent of older people living in the community malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, this Australian Journal of Pharmacy article exposes 10 food and fluid intake myths for seniors.
It also advises how to eat healthily and maintain sufficient fluid intake to avoid malnutrition.
Have dietary matters and/or fluid intake been issues for you or someone you care for who is an older or infirm Australian? What have been the consequences? Were you able to you seek professional advice from a dietitian or other health professional? Was the situation addressed satisfactorily?